Today many books appear regarding Vatican II. Yet, only very few of them manage to locate this crucial event in the life of the twentieth century Roman Catholic Church against the broad horizon of both its prehistory and its aftermath. This book does just that. In seven chapters, this volume offers a survey of the evolution of Post-Enlightenment Catholicism, in the period spanning from ca. 1830 to the present, tying together the renewals proposed by the first and the Second Vatican Councils. Each phase in this evolution is discussed from a double angle: on the hand from the viewpoint of theological developments and milieu's, and on the other hand from an institutional and Church historical perspective, thus binding together these two perspectives and tracing the evolutions within Catholicism in all their pluriformity.
Karim Schelkens, Ph.D. (2007) in Theology, Catholic University of Leuven, has studied in Leuven and at the Universite Laval, Canada. He is active as Church historian at the universities of Leuven and Tilburg. Schelkens has published extensively on the history of the Second Vatican Council, including an edition of the diaries of Edward Schillebeeckx (Peeters, 2011). John A. Dick, Ph.D. (1986) in Theology, Catholic University of Leuven, postgraduate studies as well at Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Dick is an historical theologian who has focused on Anglican/Roman Catholic relations, secularization, and Religion and Values in U.S. society. Jurgen Mettepenningen, Ph.D. (2008) in Theology, Catholic University of Leuven, is guest lecturer at the theological faculty in Leuven. He published mainly on 'nouvelle theologie', including the book "Nouvelle Theologie - New Theology: Inheritor of Modernism, Precursor of Vatican II" (T&T Clark, 2010).
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Chapter One: Moving Toward Vatican I. Ultramontanism versus Liberalism 1. Gregory XVI and the Difficult Heritage of the Enlightenment 2. Ultramontanist Catholicism in the Era of Pius IX 3. Catholic Theological Currents on the Eve of Vatican I 4. The First Vatican Council 1869-70 5. Vatican I's Forgotten Agenda Chapter Two: Struggling With Modernity 1. Leo XIII: On the Treshold of the Twentieth Century 2. Neo-Thomism After Vatican I 3. Pius X: A Reform Pope 4. Modernism and Anti-Modernism Chapter Three: World War One and the Interbellum 1. Benedict XV: A War-Time Pope 2. The Pope versus Totalitarian Politics 3. Catholic Theology During the Interbellum Chapter Four: Renewal and Condemnation 1. Pius XII: A New Dawn 2. The Era of the Movements Chapter Five: Vatican II. The Signs of the Times 1. Calling for Aggiornamento 2. Vatican II: Convocation and Procedures 3. The Council under John XXIII 4. The Council Under Paul VI 5. Renewal and Tradition: From Syllabus to Counter-Syllabus. Chapter Six: A Decade of Crisis 1. Dialogue as Leitmotiv 2. Discovering the Religious Other 3. A Multifaceted Crisis Chapter Seven: Facing Pluralism. Catholicism from John Paul I to Benedict XVI 1. The Year of Three Popes 2. John Paul II 3. Theology's Revised Topology 4. Benedict XVI: The Papacy in the Internet-Age Afterword by David G. Schultenover Bibliography Index of Names
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